Friday, June 5, 2009

Ayrshire Business Launches 'Burns map'

According to the Largs and Millport Weekly a local company Nicolson Maps have mapped out the life of Robert Burns in their latest publication - the Robert Burns Tourist Map.
Founder of the company, Malcolm Nicolson said: “2009 not only marks the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns, but the 30th anniversary of Nicolson Maps, which has been based in Ayrshire since 1979.

“As an Ayrshire company, we are proud to publish our first ever Robert Burns map this year. The map follows his footsteps beyond the ‘Burns Country’ of Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway and shows the extent of his travels throughout Scotland.”

The brand new map marks over 150 sites, from where Burns lived, worked, places he visited on his tours as a bard, pubs he frequented (some still exist) and other points of interest, such as museums, monuments and statues. The sites are clearly indexed with a short explanation of their significance and a handy timeline marks some of the notable events in Burns’ life.
The Robert Burns Map, see picture, comprises three maps: Scotland giving an overview of Burns’ journeys and the distances he travelled from the Borders right up to the Moray Firth; more detailed maps of Ayrshire where Burns spent most of his life and Dumfries & Galloway, where he spent his final years. All the maps carry Nicolson’s hallmark easy-to-read mapping and clear roads as well as VisitScotland Visitor Information Centres.

The map, drawn by Nicolson’s Chief Cartographer, Val Fry, will retail at just £4.99 and comes folded in a card cover.

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